Meet Kyeisha Laurence
Kyeisha Laurence is an aspiring physician, advocate, and researcher. Her goal is to attain her Medical Degree and a Master’s of Public Health to become a physician-scientist and advocate who dedicates her work to improving health care for low-income and minority communities.
Born and raised in Saint Martin, Kyeisha Laurence is a proud West Indian who immigrated to Maryland, United States with her family in 2013 to pursue education. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.97 GPA from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biology and Genetics and a Minor in French.
While at the University of Maryland, she earned the Banneker/Key Scholar full academic scholarship and participated in the Gemstone Honors Program where she completed a research thesis. Within the Gemstone Honors Program, Kyeisha took on several roles such as becoming the first Vice-President of Outreach where she focused on diversity and inclusion efforts. Passionate about helping other students, she served as a tutor for Organic Chemistry and a Supplemental Instructor for biology with the Academic Achievement Program. She served as President of the Charles R Drew Pre-Health Society, where she had previous roles as Secretary and Vice-President. She served on the CMNS Diversity and Inclusion Board and served two years as a cabinet member for the Caribbean Student Association. She completed an internship at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, and a study abroad program in Montpellier, France.
Due to her academic performance and contributions to campus, was selected for membership into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and Maryland’s Medallion Society. She won the Model Citizen Award and was Finalist for the University Medal, two of the most prestigious awards for a graduating senior.
Following graduation, Kyeisha joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Health as a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee. As part of her lab, she is working in the clinical team focused on understanding how genetic variation in alpha-globin gene copy number modifies the severity of vascular complications of sickle cell disease and malaria. Additionally, Kyeisha is a 2021-2022 National Future Leadership Project Fellow, a prestigious program in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). The program is designed to recruit and mentor the next generation of SNMA leaders. Next, she will begin medical school at Harvard Medical School.
Kyeisha started stylebykye.com in 2015 where she shared content on fashion, lifestyle, and college including free resources to help other students. A blog that has started with the intention for sharing her style and fashion has blossomed into a larger brand. From sharing her story, to selling her academic planners, to mentoring, and sharing resources, this blog is a source of inspiration and guidance for other students.